More than 80% of respondents in an online poll say mobility scooter users should be required to carry a licence.
More than 80% of respondents in an online poll say mobility scooter users should be required to carry a licence. Contributed

Call to license mobility scooter users

FOLLOWING an incident where two women were seriously injured after being hit by a mobility scooter in Cherry St, Ballina recently, a Northern Star poll has shown that over 80% of people believe mobility scooter users should require a licence.

With mounting concerns raised in recent times about the speed, lack of insurance, lack of training for operators, and the safety design features of the scooters, the poll revealed 82% of people believe mobility scooter users should require a licence to use them. Just 17% disagreed.

Last week Member for Ballina Don Page addressed parliament regarding the use of mobility scooters, stating that he supports NSW Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, in his call for an inquiry into the issue.

"Of course, motorised scooters are important in helping people get out and about, but I acknowledge the concerns of other members of the community who are worried about the safety of other pedestrians," Mr Page said.



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